The Australian legal profession has much in common with its UK counterpart and, given the many mergers between UK and Australian firms in the last year, areas of common interest are only likely to grow.

In order to ease cross-border regulatory difficulties, Australian governments and professional and membership bodies have been considering a unified/coordinated governance structure for Australia. Although the review has been underway for some time, likely outcomes for the profession and its professional bodies are not yet clear.

New South Wales, the most populous Australian jurisdiction, was the first to introduce alternative business structures (ABS) for its legal profession.

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How to practise in Australia

Find all you need to know about practising in Australia.


Checking Australian lawyers’ credentials

The Law Society’s International department often receives queries from our members about how to check Australian lawyers’ credentials. To assist our members we have put together a quick guide on how to go about this task.

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2017 Commonwealth Law Conference programme now available


The biannual Commonwealth Law Conference (CLC) is taking place between 20-24 March 2017 in Melbourne. The theme of the 2017 conference, “Thriving in a global world: building on the rule of law” presents a unique canvass to consider legal issues in our globalised world that both innovate and challenge lawyers ...

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Want to learn how foreign lawyers practise law in Australia? Read our new guidance document


The Law Society of England and Wales has teamed up with the Law Council of Australia to produce a guidance document for English and Welsh solicitors on how to practise law in Australia.

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Dates announced for the 20th Commonwealth Lawyers Conference


Melbourne has secured dates for the prestigious 20th Commonwealth Law Conference from 19-23 March 2017.

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Your contact for this region is Donna Evans

Donna Evans

International Policy Adviser: North Asia and the Pacific